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Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching, Internet-ready

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by Steve Kindig
Yamaha

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

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Great Yamaha sound quality — and more ways to enjoy it
If you want a well-built home theater receiver that does a great job with digital music sources, check out Yamaha's RX-A710. It delivers clean, clear Yamaha sound that makes music and movie soundtracks sound more lifelike. It also makes it easy to listen to favorite tunes on your iPod, or explore the ever-expanding universe of online music.

The Internet provides an endless supply of music
The RX-A710's Ethernet port opens the door to a world of fresh, new listening options. Thousands of Internet radio stations, music services like Rhapsody®, PANDORA®, and Napster® (some require a subscription), and music files streamed from your networked PC. Just think of the possibilities.

Your iPod® isn't just a music player, it's a remote control, too
The RX-A710 has a direct USB input on the front panel so you can plug your iPod touch® or iPhone® directly in. That's definitely convenient, but it also sounds much better because you can bypass the iPod's audio circuitry and use the receiver's instead. And Yamaha offers a free, downloadable app for both Apple® and Android™ devices that you can use to control this receiver with ease.

Quick, accurate setup, and easy everyday operation
Yamaha's auto-calibration system provides easy, precise home theater setup. Plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite seat. The RX-A710 quickly analyzes the size, distance, and frequency response of every speaker in your system, adjusting the settings for each one individually. In minutes, your system is fine-tuned for optimum performance with your specific speakers and room.

Today's feature-packed home theater receivers do so much that you can find yourself lost in a maze of on-screen menus. The RX-A710 lets you sidestep the confusion: Four "SCENE" buttons in the center of the front panel give you easy one-touch access to common choices like watching a Blu-ray movie or listening to a CD. Just hit a button and the receiver switches to the correct input and settings.

Yamaha AVENTAGE® — premium design and performance
Yamaha designed their AVENTAGE series of receivers from the ground up with sound quality as the ultimate goal. They paid attention to the little details that add up to better performance — from a solidly built double-bottomed chassis, to separate power supplies for digital and analog circuitry. And to top it off, AVENTAGE receivers are backed by a three-year warranty.

From the review Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A710 Home Theater Receiver: A good value for the money

"The RX-A710 had everything I was looking for — HDMI connectivity, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD surround processing, analog-to-HDMI video upconversion, iPod/iPhone support, a Network connection, and great build quality. Everything my older receiver was missing."

— Stacey Batten, Crutchfield Product Research Team

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    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, and DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p)
    • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) for easy automatic speaker setup and more precise surround sound (microphone included)
    • Cinema DSP modes add richness and presence to music and movie soundtracks
    • Adaptive Dynamic Range Control limits the volume level on sound effects and commercials for more discreet late-night listening
    • Silent Cinema for simulated surround sound via standard stereo headphones
    Digital Music Options:
    • Internet-ready — access music from your PC and Internet radio stations
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or thumb drive through the front-panel USB input
    • use the receiver to control your iPod/iPhone (requires optional Yamaha control dock)
    • DLNA and Windows® 7 certified for better compatibility with other certified audio networking components
    • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
      • only analog sources can be played in the 2nd room
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • Ultra Low Jitter PLL circuitry reduces timing jitter from digital sources, for improved sound quality
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping compatible front left and right speakers
    • Pure Direct mode switches off front-panel display, tone controls, and DSP circuitry for cleaner sound with analog audio sources
    • Compressed Music Enhancer for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
    • detachable power cord
    Connections:
    • HDMI 1.4a audio/video switching: 6 in, 1 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • composite video switching (5 in, 1 out) — including the front-panel input
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 2 analog stereo audio-only inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • Ethernet port for music streaming from a PC network
    • USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable MP3 music players
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • free Yamaha remote app lets you use your iPod touch, iPhone or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • four SCENE presets for easier source switching
    • full-color on-screen display lets you browse movies and music, including album art
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 15-5/8"D
    • weight: 28.7 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels
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    7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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    90
    THD in Stereo
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    0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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    20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity
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    Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner
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    No
    On-Screen Display
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    Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration
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    YPAO
    HDMI Standby Pass-through
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    Yes
    Composite Video Conversion
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    From Composite to HDMI, Component
    S-Video Conversion
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    Component Video Conversion
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    From Component Video to HDMI, Composite
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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    Yes
    Internet-ready
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    Apple AirPlay
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    App Remote Control
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    Bluetooth-compatible
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    USB port for iPod/iPhone
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    DLNA Certified
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    Audio
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    Multibrand Remote Control
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    Learning Remote
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    LCD Remote
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    Width (inches)
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    17-1/8
    Height (inches)
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    6-11/16
    Depth (inches)
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    15-9/16
    Weight (pounds)
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    28.66
    Parts Warranty
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    3 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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    Multi-room Video
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    Multi-room HDMI Output
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    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital
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    DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS
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    DTS, ES, HD< HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input
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    Audio-Video Inputs
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    12
    Audio-only Inputs
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    2
    S-Video Inputs
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    S-Video Outputs
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    S-Video Monitor Outputs
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    Component Video Inputs
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    Component Video Monitor Outputs
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    Optical Digital Inputs
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    Coaxial Digital Inputs
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    Coaxial Digital Outputs
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    HDMI Inputs
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    6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs
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    Subwoofer Outputs
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    Multi-Channel Analog Input
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    Multi-channel Preamp Output
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    Main Speaker Output Pairs
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    Main Speaker Terminals
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    Ethernet Port
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    USB Connections
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    1 Front
    Removable Power Cord
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    IEC 2-prong
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    What's in the box?

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    • 7.1ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RAV436)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • YPAO microphone (with attached 19' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Front AV terminal cover
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Easy Setup Guide
    • Safety Brochure
    • Warranty information
    • On-line product registration information
    • Rhapsody offer sheet

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network Functions
    USB/iPod Functions
    Multi-Zone Capability
    Tuner Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    90 Watts x 7 Channel: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 AV Receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability.

    Power Amp Assign: The built-in seven channel amplifier can be programmed to power various speaker configurations:

    • 7ch Normal: Seven speakers are powered in the main room. Both presence & surround back speakers can be connected; whose power changes based on the selected surround mode.
    • 7ch+1Zone: Seven speakers in the main room (front, center, surround, and surround back) and two speakers in a second zone are connected to the receiver; when the second zone is turned on, the surround back speakers turn off.
    • 5ch Bi-amp: Five speakers are powered in the main room (front, center, and surround) with the two extra amplifier channels used to bi-amp the front speakers.

    Bi-Amp Speaker Connections: This receiver allows you to reassign the surround back amplifier channels to make bi-amp connections (compatible speakers required). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.

    Presence Speakers: One pair of speaker terminals (Zone 2/Presence Speakers) can be used for Presence speakers or for driving a pair of speakers in a second zone. The Presence speakers supplement the sound from the front speakers with extra ambient effects produced by Cinema DSP. These effects include sounds that the filmmakers intended to locate a little farther back behind the screen in order to create more theater-like ambience. The Presence speakers should be placed at the front of the room 1-3 feet outside of the front speakers and at least 6 feet off the floor.

    Note: You must select in the menu whether the speaker terminals are being used for Presence or Zone2. When the Presence or Zone2 speakers are engaged, the surround back speakers are disabled.

    Aluminum Front Panel: The aluminum front panel is used to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic energy generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of installation environments.

    A.R.T.: The A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge 5th foot is in the center of the unit. It dampens vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers. A.R.T. Wedge 5th foot helps ensure that vibrations do not affect the sound quality.

    Wide-range Frequency Response: The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.

    192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 uses high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels to maximize sound quality.

    Ultra Low Jitter Circuitry: Ultra Low Jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging by reducing Jitter from digital sources, including HDMI, using a more precise timing control.

    YPAO Technology: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of the speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic characteristics. Yamaha's YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters - such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system:

    • Speaker Wiring: Checks which speakers are connected and the polarity of each.
    • Speaker Size: Checks the frequency response of each speaker and sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel.
    • Speaker Distance: Checks the distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the delay of each channel.
    • EQ: Each channel has a parametric equalizer; choose one of 3 target settings before running the setup.
      • Natural: adjusts all speaker to a natural sound; useful when the flat setting sounds too bright
      • Flat: use when all the speakers in the system have similar sound characteristics
      • Front: EQs the center and rear speakers to sound like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the others in the system
    • Volume Level: Checks and adjusts the volume level of each speaker.

    Multi-Channel/Stereo Decoding Formats: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) and Stereo decoding formats.

    Stereo
    2ch Stereo 2-channel stereo sound (from the front speakers only), regardless of the playback source
    Straight/Direct Modes
    Straight 2-channel stereo sources are output from only the front left and right speakers while multi-channel sources are decoded straight into the appropriate channels without any additional effect processing
    Pure Direct

    turns off the surround and tone circuitry, and dims the front panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel analog sources. During Direct playback no sound is output from the subwoofer

    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital digital surround sound format that gives you completely independent multi-channel audio; with 3 front channels (front L/R and center) and 2 surround stereo channels, Dolby Digital provides 5 full-range audio channels
    Dolby Digital EX developed as an extension to Dolby Digital, the coding technology supports 6.1 discrete channels
    Dolby Digital Plus developed as an extension to Dolby Digital, the coding technology supports 7.1 discrete channels
    Dolby TrueHD a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs; the reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit
    DTS
    DTS digital surround sound format that produces practically distortion-free 5.1ch sound (front L/R, center, Surround L/R, and Sub)
    DTS-Express digital audio format supporting low bit rates (maximum 5.1-channels, 24 to 256 kbps)
    DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
    DTS-HD Master Audio an advanced lossless technology that delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, offering a high-definition home theater experience (up to 7.1ch)
    DTS-HD High Resolution high resolution audio, virtually indistinguishable from the original audio track (up to 7.1ch)
    DTS 96/24 digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video
    DTS Neo: 6 (Cinema/Music) matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds
    Dolby Pro Logic II (Cinema/Music/Game) a matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience
    Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema/Music/Game) enables discrete multichannel playback from 2-channel or multichannel sources; supports up to 7.1ch playback
    DSD
    DSD 6ch audio signals are stored as single-bit values at a high-frequency sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz, while noise shaping and oversampling are used to reduce distortion - providing a better audio quality with a dynamic range of up to 128 db.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). An HDMI connection is required for playback of the following 7.1ch formats - Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD.

    Pro Logic II Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes:

    • Panorama: Sends stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect.
    • Dimension: Adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room.
    • Center Width: Moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers.

    Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.

    CINEMA DSP: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV receiver offers 17 CINEMA DSP programs for movies, music, and games.

    Cinema DSP Movie Modes

    Standard emphasize the surround feeling without disturbing the original acoustic positioning of multi-channel audio, such as Dolby Digital and DTS
    Spectacle reproduces a broad theater soundfield that matches cinemascope and wider-screen movies with an excellent dynamic range providing everything from very small sound effects to large, impressive sounds
    Sci-Fi enjoy a variety of cinematographically created virtual spaces reproduced with clear separation between dialogue, sound effects, and background music
    Adventure restrains reverberations, but puts emphasis on reproducing a powerful space expanded widely to the left and right; reproduced depth is also restrained relatively to ensure the separation between audio channels and the clarity of the sound
    Drama reverberations are modest, but offers and optimum 3D feeling, reproducing effects and background music softly around clear words and center positioning in a way that does not fatigue the listener
    Mono Movie produces the optimum expansion and reverberation to the original mono audio soundtrack to create a comfortable space with a certain sound depth
    Cinema DSP Entertainment Modes
    Sports voice of the commentator and sportscaster are positioned clearly at the center while the atmosphere of the stadium expands in an optimal space to offer the listener a feeling of presence in the stadium
    Action Game various effects make the player feel like they are right in the middle of the action, allowing for greater concentration
    Role Playing Game adds depth to the soundfield for natural and realistic reproduction of background music, special effects, and dialogue
    Music Video emphasizes the vividness of vocals and solo play and the beat of rhythm instruments, and to the surround soundfield that reproduces the space of a big live  hall
    Cinema DSP Music Modes
    Hall in Munich simulates a concert hall with approximately 2500 seats in Munich; beautiful reverberation spread richly, creating a calming atmosphere - the listener's virtual seat is at the center left of the arena
    Hall in Vienna simulates an approximately 1700-seat middle-sized concert hall with a shoebox shape that is tradition in Vienna; creates extremely complete reflections from all around the audience, producing a very full rich sound
    Chamber creates a relatively wide space with a high ceiling like an audience hall in a palace
    Cellar Club simulates a live house with a low ceiling and home atmosphere for a realistic live sound
    The Roxy Theater simulates a rock music live house in Los Angeles with the virtual listening position at the center left of the hall
    The Bottom Line simulates the front stage of the Bottom Line, a famous New York jazz club - offering real and vibrant sound
    7ch Stereo use this program to output stereo sound from all speakers

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.

    • DSP Level: You can change the receiver's CINEMA DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.
    • Delay: Adjusts the delay between the direct sound and the presence soundfield (1-99ms), surround soundfield (1-49ms), and surround back soundfield (1-49ms).
    • Room Size: Adjusts the broadening effect (0.1-2.0) of the presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and the surround back sound field.
    • Liveness: Adjusts the loss (0-10) of the presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and surround back soundfield.
    • Reverb: Adjusts the delay time of the rear reverberant sound (1.0-5.0s), the delay between the direct sound and rear reverberant sound (0-250ms), and the volume of the reverberant sound (0-100%).

    Adaptive DSP Level: This function selects whether to automatically adjust the Cinema DSP effect level in conjunction with volume adjustments.

    CINEMA DSP 3D: The actually measured soundfield data in recorded soundtracks contain the information of the height of the sound images. CINEMA DSP 3D mode achieves the reproduction of the accurate height of theses sound images so that it can create the accurate and intensive stereoscopic soundfield in your listening room. CINEMA DSP 3D does this by using the receiver's Presence (height) Speakers.

    Virtual Presence Speaker: Virtual Presence Speaker mode provides the 3D sound effect without actual front presence speakers. It creates virtual presence speakers from the receiver's front speakers, center speakers, and surround speakers, which brings you into a stereoscopic soundfield.

    Virtual CINEMA DSP: Virtual CINEMA DSP is an algorithm that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a minimal two-speaker system. This unit will switch to virtual CINEMA DSP mode automatically when surround speakers are unavailable.

    SILENT CINEMA: SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front / center / presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

    Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, and AAC. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.

    Manual Speaker Setup: This feature allows you to manually adjust the following speaker settings:

    • Speaker Sizes: Set the size and connection status of speakers and subwoofers, and whether to designate a specific speaker (or subwoofer) for low-frequency sound.
      • Front: Large or Small
      • Center: Large, Small, or None
      • Surround: Large, Small, or None
      • Surround Back: Large (1/2), Small (1/2), or None
      • Subwoofer: Normal, Reverse, or None
    • Equalizer: Each of the full range channels can be adjusted individually using the seven band equalizer (63Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.khz, 6.3kHz, 16kHz.)
    • Bass Crossover: Select the crossover frequency (40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160, or 200Hz) of all the speakers set to Small. Audio with a frequency below this limit (40-200Hz) will be output from the subwoofer or the front speakers.
    • Extra Bass: Select whether to play front channel low-frequencies through either of the front speaker or the subwoofer, or through both the subwoofer and front speakers.
    • Speaker Distance: Set the distance between the speakers/subwoofer and the listening point, so that the sound from each speaker and the subwoofer reaches the listening point at the appropriate timing. Select from 1 to 80 feet in 0.5 foot steps.
    • Speaker Level Adjustment: Adjust the volume (-10 to +10 dB) for each speaker and the subwoofer so that the sound is balanced. A test tone is played back through the receiver for each speaker and subwoofer to help with adjustment.

    Bass and Treble Control: You can independently adjust the bass (centered at 50Hz) and treble (centered at 20kHz) from -6dB to +6B in 0.5 dB increments. The tone control of the speakers or headphones can be set separately.

    Dynamic Range: The amount of dynamic range compression applied to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening, Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.

    Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) adjusts the dynamic range in relation to the volume, useful at low volume.

    Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).

    Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.

    Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

    Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post speaker terminals for all speaker outputs (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Bi-Amp, Zone2/Presence). The function of the extra speaker terminals is set using the Power Amp Assign menu. The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and the collar surrounding the posts prevents the use of spade connectors.

    Impedance Selection: You can select 8 ohms or 6 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application. The 6-ohm setting also allows you to connect 4-ohm speakers to the receiver's Front Speaker terminals.

    Digital Inputs: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with two optical digital inputs (AV-1/AV-4) and two coaxial digital inputs (AV-2/AV-3).

    Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A710 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs.  Sound effects applied during playback can also be heard through the headphones.

    Video Features

    1080p HDMI (v.1.4): 1080p HDMI (v.1.4) with 3D and Audio Return Channel (6 In/1 Out) deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable. HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide you with the highest-quality home theater experience. HDMI can provide an interface between most audio/video sources, such as a set-top box, Blu-ray player, DVD player, or A/V receiver and a video monitor, such as a High Definition Television (HDTV), over a single cable. The AV receiver's HDMI jacks can be used for 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats as well as digital video signals up to 1080p resolution (including 1080/24p). They also support Deep Color (30 bit and 36 bit), xvColor, 120 Hz and 24 Hz refresh rates, and auto Lip-Sync compensation.

    1080p Video Upscaling: The Aventage Series RX-A710 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale 480i/480p video signals from analog-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 1080p. This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution. The receiver also features extremely precise motion adaptive and edge adaptive deinterlacing and multi-cadence detection (including 3-2 pull-down).

    Note: You can also convert a composite video signal to a component video and vice-versa. HDMI can only be output via HDMI.

    Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing: In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This causes jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of the line and interpolates the pixels optimally.

    3D Ready: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 AV receiver supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    Standby Through: When the Aventage Series RX-A710 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control.

    x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Deep Color: The Yamaha Aventage AV receiver also supports Deep Color which allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216 colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits, continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed.  For the Deep Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those features.

    Lipsync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the Lipsync function automatically.

    • Auto: When connected to a TV via HDMI, automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-250ms) if the TV supports an automatic lipsync function.
    • Manually: You can manually delay the sound output up to 250ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    HDTV-compatible Component Video: The Aventage Series RX-A710 offers two component video inputs and a component video monitor output. These inputs and output have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p.

    Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA, composite video, and HDMI.

    Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-A710, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio, Internet audio, Sirius Satellite Radio (optional tuner required), or select songs from a USB device, at the same time.

    Network Functions

    Ethernet (LAN) Port: The Yamaha Aventage Series AV receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network for PC audio streaming, Internet Radio, and Firmware updates. 

    Network Capabilities: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 offers networking capabilities and can serve as the hub of your home entertainment network that's connected to the Internet. Its powerful networking capabilities provide enjoyment of thousands of free Internet radio stations worldwide and full access to free and paid music streaming services such as Pandora, vTuner, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, and Napster. This receiver is also Windows 7 and DLNA 1.5 certified which allows access to music files on any computer or local NAS drive content available on the home network. In addition, you can download firmware updates directly from the Yamaha website.

    Internet Radio: If your home network has a broadband Internet connection you can listen to any of the thousands of stations available on Internet radio using the included vTuner database, through the RX-A710 AV receiver. You can also stream music from Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, and SiriusXM (subscriptions may be required).

    • Pandora: With Pandora you can explore a variety of music content. Simply enter the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and it will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.
    • Rhapsody: A Rhapsody subscription lets you listen to anything and everything in its music catalog (currently over 10 million songs). With a subscription, you don't have to worry about paying for individual songs, ripping CDs, or managing files. You can just sign in and start listening.
    • Napster: Napster is a  monthly music subscription service. You can search for particular tracks (by artist, album, or song) on Napster and register your favorite tracks.
    • SiriusXM: SiriusXM provides an unmatched lineup of original, exclusive programming. SiriusXM Internet Radio offers over 120 channels of the best commercial-free music and biggest talk personalities everywhere you go (subscription required).
    • vTuner: You can listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world.

    Media Player: The Yamaha Aventage Series RX-A710 lets you play music files stored on your computer via a network connection. MP3, WMA, AAC , WAV (up to 96kHz), and FLAC (up to 96kHz) audio files stored on your computer can be played through the RX-A710 via its wired network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the AV receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's on-screen menu (via HDMI). This unit can play back music files stored on the following music servers:

    • PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed
    • PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed
    • NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification

    DLNA 1.5/Windows 7 Certified: The Aventage Series RX-A710 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the RX-A710 to browse and play music files on your hard drive.

    Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection) you can control the Yamaha RX-A710 AV receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as Zone2, Power On/Off, and Volume.

    Note: Internet Explorer 7.x or 8.x is recommended for web browser.

    Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates take approximately 15 minutes.

    Note: The tested Yamaha RX-A710 contained Firmware Version 1.02. RX-A710 Firmware Updates are already available (as of June 2011).

    USB/iPod Functions

    USB Port: This unit is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy WAV (PCM format only), MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files from a USB MSC (mass-storage-class) memory device (such as a USB flash drive). This unit can recognize sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz on a compatible USB storage device. This unit supports USB mass storage class devices formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 (not compatible with USB HDDs). You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB MSC device.

    Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the receiver's monitor output.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the AV Receiver, noise interference is minimized and sound quality is much better. iPod/iPhone digital connection means that the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing use of the DAC not in the iPod/iPhone, but in the system. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control, or continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Song/artist information and Album Art will display on your connected TV (via HDMI). Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (when powered on). The Yamaha AV receiver offers the following iPod/iPhone compatibility (as of 1/11/2012).

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y O Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    iPod Universal Dock (with video): With the optional YDS-12 iPod Universal Dock (022YDS12, sold separately), you can connect your iPod digital music player to the RX-A710 and control audio/video playback using the remote control. Most fourth generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Video from your iPod and album art can be displayed on a connected TV monitor.

    Multi-Zone Capability

    Multi-Zone: The Yamaha AV receiver allows you to configure a multi-zone audio system, so you can listen to a multichannel audio source in the Main Zone and a stereo audio in the second zone (Zone 2). By connecting an infrared signal receiver/emitter to the unit's Remote In/Out jacks, you can operate the receiver and external devices from Zone 2 with the supplied remote control.

    Zone 2:  The Zone 2 feature allows you to set this receiver to reproduce separate input sources in the main zone and the second zone (Zone 2).  The receiver has dedicated stereo preamp outputs for Zone 2, or the built-in amplifier can power speakers in the second zone connected to the Zone 2/Presence speaker terminals.

    • Line Out: By using the RCA outputs on the AV receiver you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1 surround in the main room and play a different stereo audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by your optional integrated amp.
    • Speaker Out: By using the speaker-level outputs on the AV receiver you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1 surround sound in your main room and play a different stereo audio source in the other room. When the receiver is powering speakers in Zone 2, the surround back speakers in the main room are turned off (limiting you to 5.1ch in the main room). The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by the AV receiver

    Compatible Zone Sources: Only Tuner, analog, USB, and Network audio sources can be sent to Zone 2. Unfortunately, a USB source and Ethernet source cannot be played back in different Zones at the same time.

    Note: You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different Network apps for different zones.

    Incompatible Zone Sources: Optical/coaxial digital and HDMI audio sources are not output to Zone 2. You cannot output any video signal to Zone 2.

    Tuner Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A710 AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    40-Station Preset Tuning: The Aventage Series RX-A710 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning).

    Direct Tuning: You can directly tune in a frequency using the receiver's remote control.

    Stereo/Monaural Modes: You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations.

    Indoor Antennas: An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.

    Background Video: While listening to the radio, you can display your favorite videos or photos on your connected TV.

    SIRIUS Satellite Ready: You can listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio by connecting the SiriusConnect tuner (item number 607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately) to the RX-A710's proprietary plug. SIRIUS Satellite Radio offers over 130 channels of music, news, sports, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During SIRIUS playback you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name and song title, composer name, channel number and antenna reception level, or Soundfield program on the front panel.

    Note: A subscription is required in order to receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen GUI (Graphical User Interface): The RX-A710 offers an on-screen menu system via its HDMI output. This clean and simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. The on-screen display can show album art, provides a choice of various languages, and is visible over 3D images.

    Note: You can select English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, or Russian for the receiver's on-screen text.

    Input Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters.

    Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.

    Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

    Hybrid Power Supply: Independent power supplies for the digital and analog circuit, resulting in less power consumption in the standby mode, and a more efficient power transformer.

    Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

    Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable to 4, 8 or 12 hours.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote Control: The receiver comes with a multibrand wireless remote control. In addition to the receiver, the remote can control multiple brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc.

    HDMI Control: The Yamaha Aventage Series AV receiver supports the HDMI control function, which allows you to operate external components via HDMI. If your TV or other external components support HDMI control, you can use the remote controls of those devices to operate some of this unit's functions, and to synchronize this unit with the operation of those devices. You can use the following operations with the remote control of any of the connected HDMI Control compatible devices.

    • Power synchronization (On/Standby)
    • Volume control, including Mute
    • Changing the volume of the audio output signal device (either the TV or the receiver)

    Scene (for One-Touch Start): The Aventage Series RX-A710 features four Scene buttons on the front panel and remote to make operating the receiver easier. These buttons are initially set to default settings for Blu-ray/DVD viewing, TV viewing, CD listening, and Radio listening. Each can be reprogrammed to any input and any soundfield. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button. Other Scene settings are also available, such as iPod Listening, TV Sports Viewing, and Action Game Playing. Browsing and selecting the settings is quickly accomplished by changing Input via the front panel and watching the on-screen display. The settings can be selected for one-time use, or they can replace the original default settings. The Scene names can be changed also.

    AV Controller App: This AV Controller App (free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV receiver. This App provides the flexibility to control input, volume, mute and power commands. You can browse content from all internally available sources such as Internet Radio, USB and AM/FM tuners. You can also control all AV receiver zones such as powering on and changing input for each zone. This App not only controls the Yamaha AV receiver, it also controls Yamaha Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting various functions including Play, Stop and Forward.

    • AV Controller App for Apple: The free AV controller App for Apple is available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store. It supports the iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4), or iPad with iOS4.0 or higher installed.
    • AV Controller App for Android: The free AV controller App for your compatible Android device is available for download from the online Android Market. Requires Android 2.1 and up.

    Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha AV receiver & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.

    Remote Jacks: The receiver has remote input and remote output mini-jack terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.

    12V Trigger Output: The RX-A710 has a programmable mini-jack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier or motorized projection screen. The trigger is programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room or Zone2) or a specific source.

     
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    Solid Equipment

    Written By JimT, North Carolina on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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    I had the Yamaha HTR 5850 and while it has served me well it was not 7.1 surround. The new A710 has amazing sound and the 7.1 surround makes it all the better for movies and music a like. 4 HDMI connections in the back are more than enough for my needs. One function not mentioned in the documentation is the fact that it will mute your TV's sound for you when you feed the TV through one of the HDMI connections. My old 5850 didn't do that. The picture coming through this receiver looks better than it does coming straight in from my cable set top box. I have no idea how that works, but it does. When my new 3D TV gets here I'll update this review on the picture again. The A710 is built like all Yamaha equipment. Beautiful to look at yet solid as a tank. The control knobs have a nice solid feel to them as do the buttons. The LED screen is easy to read and has a very nice faded out looking blue color. Instead of being an annoying little led screen that can bother someone while watching TV it is subtle and not bothersome at all. Unlike so many other brands. The specs read out what all it does offer , so no need to cover them here. What the specs do not tell you is how great the sound is and how well it works to stream music through the internet. I read where others said it was not easy to set up for internet usage. I found it easy to set up and not an issue at all. Bottom line here is the A710 for the money can't be beat. A very solid receiver.
    Pros:
    MUSIC, MOVIES, both sound great and the picture looks awesome coming through it also. Very well made with a great look and nice feel.
    Cons:
    If I had to nic pick I would say the remote is a little small for my taste.
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME RECEIVER!!!

    Written By Byron, Mid Hudson Valley, NY on Thursday, March 08, 2012
     
    I purchased this Aventage to replace a Marantz that our system's HDMI requirements had outgrown. The sound is much more dynamic than the Marantz ever was and the user interface is extremely intuitive. Setup is simple using the included microphone (speaker calibration took seconds). Audio inputs are assignable to different video inputs, making almost any combination possibe. I love the fact that the input buttons are not specifically labeled on the remote (they are simply numbered). This means when an input is assigned, there is no mismatched button on the remote (IE: a game console is plugged into HDMI 1 but the remote button is labled DVD). There's even a nice "Yamaha Piano" screen that replaces the blue screens that usually accompany inactive inputs. I have had zero HDMI handshake issues that others have complained about with other brands, so that should not be an issue.

    Soundwise, all I can say is this is a Yamaha... A company with many years of musical expertise. Sound is rich & dynamic with excellent separation. The room our home theater is set up in is not very large & is completely open at one end to another room. Yamaha's auto calibration took care of everything and gives us a sound that is bigger and more life-like than any of our pervious receivers. This is one great receiver, and would be a bargain at a much higher price.
    Pros:
    Super easy setup Completely assignable inputs Great sound Customizable
    Cons:
    No included manual (but you won't need one)
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    4 out of 5

    WOW

    Written By Juno, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    Sound? AMAZING!!! I previously had a Kenwood that I thought produced a god sound but this Yamaha just blew it away! By a mile! As for the other features, the manual stinks to high heaven! I did not graduated MIT but I'm tech oriented and I had to call Crutchfied customer service...which I really don't mind because they are THE BEST! This is the reason I buy from them and not from a local studio. iPhone app lacks a "search" feature that comes in handy when one has +15K songs. Programing takes some time but once you are done....just sit back and enjoy!
    Pros:
    SOUND SOUND SOUND!
    Cons:
    Programing
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    5 out of 5

    This is a great product

    Written By Peps, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    This product is awesome. It surpassed my expectations. Great quality features!!! You can listen to internet radio and others. You can use you cel phone or ipad to control it. Recommend it to anyone with my eyes closed!!!!
    Cons:
    Not printed instruction
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